Welcome to Chiron 2021
We are delighted to share with you the 2021 edition of Chiron, the magazine for alumni of the Melbourne Medical School.
This year we are launching the first fully online edition of Chiron. In it, we celebrate the Royal Children’s Hospital’s 150th anniversary and shine a light on alumni and researchers doing extraordinary work to improve the lives of children and young people.
We are immensely proud of our exceptional Melbourne Medical School community and continue to pay tribute to alumni working on the COVID-19 response, from frontline healthcare workers to mental health practitioners, policy advisers, researchers and more.
To welcome you to this edition, Professor John Prins, Head, Melbourne Medical School shares his thoughts and reflections.
We hope you enjoy browsing this edition of Chiron.
SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI
Professor Jane Gunn
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jane Gunn as Dean.
Associate Professor Margie Danchin
A series of serendipitous moments led Associate Professor Margie Danchin to a pivotal role driving vaccine uptake amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Alison Yung
Professor Alison Yung has devoted her career to helping those at risk of serious mental illness.
Professor Julie Bines
Professor Julie Bines’ work on a novel neonatal rotavirus vaccine is set to provide a better future for children around the world.
Professor Harriet Hiscock
Professor Harriet Hiscock has improved the lives of countless children by identifying and addressing physical and mental health problems early.
Reunite Online 2020
Even in a global pandemic, Melbourne Medical School alumni are staying connected.
Lessons from my teachers and mentors
Professor Samuel Menahem reflects on those who have influenced his own career.
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Transgender health outcomes
An innovative clinical model at the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service is helping transgender and gender diverse young people access support sooner.
Dr Jess Heerde is passionate about helping young people experiencing homelessness live a healthy and safe life.
Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
When she discovered there was no culturally appropriate tool to measure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infant development, Dr Anita D’Aprano and her collaborators developed one.
150 years of caring
A look back at the Royal Children’s Hospital from the collection of the Medical History Museum.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Putting their best foot forward
Children with physical disabilities are walking tall thanks to a visionary research program supported by a generous donor.
Breathing new life into hospital care
The work of Associate Professor Amy Gray and her colleagues has transformed hospital treatment and made oxygen more accessible for children in Laos.
Shaping the leaders of tomorrow
A productive mentoring relationship between fourth year MD student Kevin Zeng and MMS alum Jay Gajera helped Kevin secure his ideal internship.
Turning ambition into achievement
Scholarships at Melbourne Medical School help students overcome financial hardship. Meet two of our recent scholarship recipients.